This significant new work focuses on the formation and fragmentation of an Arab-Muslim state and its society in Sicily and south Italy between 800 and 1300, which led to the formation of an enduring Muslim--Christian frontier during the age of the Crusades. It examines the long- and short-term impact of Muslim authority in regions that were to fall into the hands of European rulers, and explains how and why Muslim and Norman conquests imported radically different dynamics to the central Mediterranean. On the island of Sicily, a majority Muslim population came to be ruled by Christian kings who adopted and adapted political ideologies from Mediterranean regimes, while absorbing cultural influences from the diverse peoples over whom they reigned. This work provides an engaging, expert and wide-ranging introduction to the subject, and offers fresh, clear insights into the evolution of both Europe and the Islamic world. Key Features *An authoritative new book in a field where very little has yet been written *Explores the formation of lasting Muslim-Christian frontiers in medieval Europe.
*Covers issues including Muslim-Christian relations, conquest, colonisation, conflict and acculturation, and the transmission and exchange of ideas from east to west *Suitable for a range of readers from the interested public and students to university researchers
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 708 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 21 mm
"Sicily's rich and unique history during this period of intense contact - first under Muslim rule and then under Norman rule - is here superbly narrated and analysed. The author aims to provide both a survey and a monograph, a very difficult task, which he handles very well. On the one hand, it can be used as a reference book for any aspect of Muslim presence in Sicily and southern Italy in the medieval period; while at the same time it also offers fresh analysis, and is always challenging." -- Yossef Rapoport, Journal of Islamic Studies